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Poster: K-Wave Date: Dec 15, 2008 12:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Revisitng the Egypt DVD

I suppose I understand the complaints. But too be clear, it's not pro-shot. It's friends and crew's personal shots and when there is no footage, there is not much that can be done.

OK, the playing. I, personally, like the "low energy" playing. Low energy b/c they were burnt *and* Billy's broken wrist. A broken wrist on his snare hand.

Do they get lost from time to time? Yes. But that's why I like this as a "document." They are a bar band at the foot of the pyramids. The getting lost--most primarily getting turned around on beats--is completely revealing, IMHO. As audio the trans to FOTM kinda sucks; as video document, it's pretty clear that: a) they truly didn't know what they were going to go into after Hamza jam (keys, tempo, drummer's broken hand, clearing the stage? let's wing it); and b) they find the FOTM key, and then a groove, but watch the way Garcia shows Mickey how to switch the snare pocket. Amazing that he's the pocket master on top of everything else, ain't it?

More personal highlights:

Hamza jam. That shit is genius. Joyous. Deep. Sustained.

Aiko. Love the down tempo. Love the singing sections and groove more than the solos. The snare guy w/ a broken wrist on a NOLA second line rhythm.

A damn strong Looks Like Rain, IMO. Bob and Donna sing good together, I think, and the main Garcia solo could stand on nearly any band's studio album, e.g. Steely Dan. Near flawless, including some slight feedback swells.

The two passes at the big build on Tucking. This makes me laugh every time. Not so bad on the singing and remembering lyrics, a pretty good jam section, then a blown build, again with the accents/turnaround as the trouble b/c Billy can't "lead". So more like a bar band at rehearsal now, back into it and then nailed pretty good on the second pass. Again, watching them do this is like a study in how they worked and, depending on how you look at it, shows their nonchalance, unprofessional approach, or life on stage lived in the moment

Yeah, Stella gets cut off, but *watching* Weir's near sacred approach after all the cracking up of Trucking and hearing an absolute genius Jerry (off screen) flow in one particular build up pass does me in. A perfect ending.

Jerry, at least, thought they sucked in Egypt. And I guess they did overall. But I wish I could be in a band that with so little pretense as to dare to suck this bad in the first place.

P.S. The audio is amazing, eh? Listen to the oomph of the skins on Hamza jam, all in a one-off sort of setting. The eq and mix are just outstanding; it's beginning to vie for a place as my all time favorite "sound." Rented PA. Sand. Days of partying and jet lag and touring about in tombs and liquid hangovers and mismatched electrical standards. Damn hippies.

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Poster: He Live's Date: Dec 15, 2008 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisitng the Egypt DVD

why this post? was there a Thing about the dvd? people don't like it? the whole thing RULES!

THE "AIKO" as you call it RULES! i love watching jerry get down on iko, HE always had so much fun playing it.... (it seems).

to THE OTHER ONES: if you're a boring type, tune in at 3:41 and tell me you ain't a happy deadhead too!

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: Dec 15, 2008 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisitng the Egypt DVD

Nice post K! I haven't been able to suffer through the whole Egypt experience in audio, so will pass on the vid. You're very perceptive about Garcia and his absolute demand for tempo from Mickey. (Not just due to Billy's injury.) This was an ongoing thing, and evident on almost any footage existing where Hart is in the lineup. IMHO it also had a bearing on Garcia's placement on stage as well as his habit of strumming the tempo at the intro of many tunes.

This was never the case when Billy was the sole drummer and footage from Europe 72 is a benchmark for viewing later footage to see Jerry's change in behavior. When you take into account the kind of drummers that Garcia used in JGB, Mickey must have driven him to heroin. Tutt and Billy were like metronomes, while Mickey had no business at all behind a trap kit. As a percussionist, fine, but there's a huge difference between congos, bongos and the real leadership role required of a drummer.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Dec 15, 2008 2:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Revisitng the Egypt DVD

Right on with the Mickey comments

"Drove Jerry to Heroin" - may be some truth to that